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Murder accused says grandmother was ‘dead before he arrived’

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BARRY ROGERS told police his grandmother Betty Guy was ‘dead before he arrived’ in Johnston after receiving a telephone call from his mother, a jury heard today (Jan 19).
 
Rogers, aged 33, described as ‘bulls**t’ claims by several women that in the years after the death of Mrs Guy he had confessed to smothering her with a pillow.
 
“Those conversation never took place. No way,” he said.
 
Rogers, of High Street, Fishguard, and his mother Penelope John, 50, of Maes Dre, Union Terrace, St Dogmaels, deny murdering Mrs Guy at her home in Hillcroft, Johnston, in the early hours of November 7, 2011.
 
At first her death was put down to natural causes and her body was cremated at Narberth four days later.
 
But, it is alleged, over the years that followed Rogers made confessions to various people that his mother had fed Mrs Guy, aged 84, tranquilisers, sleeping tablets and whiskey and that Rogers had smothered her with a pillow.
 
The jury at Swansea Crown Court asked the judge, Mr Justice Clive Lewis, if they could watch and listen to the video recorded interviews of Rogers after his arrest in October, 2016, and they are being played today.
 
Rogers sobbed as he said he bitterly regretted delaying his departure from his home–then in Frome, Somerset–late on October 6, 2011, after receiving a telephone call from John saying Mrs Guy was seriously ill.
 
In the end he reached 140mph “sh**ting myself” that she would die before he got there.
 
“As soon as I was there so were the police, the doctor and the undertaker.
 
“I felt guilty. I should have left earlier and I would have seen her.
 
“My Nan was dead before I got there. ”
 
Rogers said he was not sure when he had last seen her alive.
 
“I tried calling, but I should have tried harder because she’s not here any more.”
 
Rogers began the interview by telling officers, “I want to start off by saying my Nan died of old age.”
 
He said that after being told he had missed seeing her alive for one last time he drank three cans of beer and whiskey and port.
 
Officers put to him statements made by several people, including his former wife, that he had helped his mother to kill Mrs Guy.
 
Rogers, a former soldier, said he had killed someone in Iraq and would not do it again.
 
“I have done nothing wrong. One hundred per cent I was not responsible for her death.”
 
The trial continues.

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Ongoing incident closes busy Haverfordwest road

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A MAJOR road in Haverfordwest has been closed due to a police incident this afternoon (May 5)

A man was seen holding onto the outside railings of a bridge, talking to police officers.

The police said: “We are dealing with an ongoing incident, with concern for the welfare of a male, which has meant the A487 between Cartlett Road and Thomas Parry Way in Haverfordwest has been closed.

“Motorists are asked to avoid the area and find alternative routes.

There are reports of long queues for motorists in and around Haverfordwest with some drivers messaging The Herald saying “Town is gridlocked.”

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James Oulton found not guilty of 30 counts of sexual assault against 11 ex-pupils

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JAMES OULTON, 34, the primary school teacher who was accused of 30 charges of sexual assault against pupils has been found not guilty of all charges at Swansea Crown court today, following a lengthy trial (May 4).

The charges, now dismissed, had related to his time as a Haverfordwest primary school teacher, between 2012 and 2018.

Mr Oulton had described the accusations as a “witch-hunt”.

He confirmed he had made a formal complaint against one officer involved.

Speaking after the verdict, James Oulton said: “I am glad two years and eight months of hell for my family, colleagues and friends has come to an end.”

“I’m just glad it’s over and that the jury came to the right verdict.”

The press was only able to report on the prosecution case, but not the defence case – because Oulton him self via his barrister had made an application to the court for a press restriction.

The Herald feels that this press restriction on the reporting of both sides of the case, once granted, was unlawful, and is appealing to the Court of Appeal on a point of law.

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Nineteen arrests and weapons seized during knife crime action week

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NINETEEN people were arrested and a number of weapons were seized as police took part in a national week of action against knife crime, police have said.

Dyfed-Powys Police has released its results from Op Sceptre, which ran from April 26 to May 2, during which officers across the force took part in activity to crack down on crime involving blades.

The week was led by the force’s roads policing units (RPU), with a focus on targeting operations in key areas throughout the four divisions.

Neighbourhood policing teams were instrumental in engaging with shopkeepers, creating educational videos for communities on social media, and working with RPU on joint patrols in crime hotspots.

Inspector Andrew Williams said: “There have been some excellent results forcewide  from this year’s Op Sceptre, and as a result of the increased proactivity in key areas, there has also been a vast amount of other offences detected.

“This was thanks to some outstanding work by roads policing units, neighbourhood policing teams, the joint firearms unit and response officers.

“Our approach was to educate our communities on the laws around carrying and selling knives, and the dangers associated with having a blade on your possession, which was backed up with operational activity across the force.

“This has been very well received, and will be continued during the next operation.”

During the week 20 stop searches were carried out, resulting in seven arrests and numerous weapons being seized.

Twelve people were arrested for drug driving following stop checks on vehicles, one of which led to the discovery of a cannabis cultivation in the Cardigan area.

Traffic offence reports were issued to 41 drivers, and two people will be dealt with for failing to stop for officers when requested.

Neighbourhood policing activity saw engagement with 95 shop owners and community leaders, with officers and PCSOs reassured to find that most businesses were complying with the Challenge 25 policy. Those who were not will be dealt with accordingly.

Insp Williams said: “Our work to tackle knife crime will continue as we consider intelligence logs that were submitted during the operation and develop targeted plans to deal with concerns in our communities.

“We would also like to remind people that while our knife amnesty has now concluded, the best way to dispose of an unwanted blade is to take it to your local recycling centre.”

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